Category: Health and Education

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony to the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 23, 2021

This testimony was presented on WREN ‘s behalf by our Director of Policy and Government Relations, Ashley Crary Lidow, at the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children Hearing, September 23rd, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Members of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children,  Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony. My name

Economic Opportunity, Freedom from Violence, Health and Education

Make your voice heard to support SC children: Sign up to testify at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee Hearings

by Ashley Crary Lidow on Sep 2, 2021

Are you passionate about the welfare of children in South Carolina? If so, you should consider testifying at the fall 2021 Children’s Committee hearings across the state. This is an amazing opportunity to provide information to legislators from the House and Senate, as well as key stakeholders who shape many policies that affect the children

Health and Education, News

WREN Statement on DHEC Mask Recommendations

by WREN Staff on Aug 20, 2021

Columbia, SC– Today, the Department of Health and Environmental Control made it clear that we are in a public health crisis, and that the best way to keep our kids healthy and safe is to ensure that they are wearing masks inside of schools. Despite this clear and compelling evidence, the Governor continues to stand

COVID-19, Health and Education

State Superintendent of Education, Top Epidemiologist, and Pediatricians host press conference on COVID-19

by WREN Staff on Aug 17, 2021

In response to school reopening, the state Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell hosted a press conference.  They were joined by representatives from the S.C. chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to discuss the safe return to schools. Spearman, Bell, and the pediatricians all recommended masking and vaccinations as

COVID-19, Economic Opportunity, Health and Education, News

Working Women at Higher Risk in School Reopening  

by WREN Staff on Aug 9, 2021

Columbia, SC- Today, Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference on COVID-19 and school reopening. Despite overwhelming evidence that masks are the most effective tool we have to curtail the surge in Covid infections among children, the Governor has refused to take decisive action. Unfortunately, his wishful thinking about “personal responsibility” will hurt children and

Economic Opportunity, Health and Education

Child Care Workers Emphasize Need for Wages, Benefits, and Respect

by WREN Staff on Jul 15, 2021

In a panel presentation, Dr. Amanda McDougald Scott presented findings from her research about the everyday lives of child care workers. The panel featured child care workers from around the state including Dellarekus Kelly “Mr.D” (he/his), Maria Johnson (she/her), Lynn Pollard (She/her), Alison Lister (she/her), Felicia O’Neal (she/her), Sarita Smith (she/her), Meredith Burton (she/her). Each

Health and Education, Policy Updates

WREN Testimony in Opposition to S.811 

by WREN Staff on Jun 22, 2021

As prepared for Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee hearing on June 21, 2021. Thank you, Chairman Martin, and members of the subcommittee, for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Ann Warner and I am the CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN). WREN is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a mission to build a